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Life as We Knew It

Pfeffer, Susan Beth (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Life as We Knew It


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Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
Authors: Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
Title: Life as we knew it
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. :, Harcourt,, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 337 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Summary: Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
ISBN: 0152058265
9780152058265
Branch Call Number: y PFEFFER
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Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • dixiedog rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a great idea for a book but I found it difficult for perhaps the first 150 pages to get accustomed to reading a young teenage girl’s diary; page after page. While I agree with some of the disparaging comments made by previous reviewers, the author/teenagers account of what happens as life’s simple amenities, the ones we all take for granted disappear one after another; was well done. Amenities like: electricity for light, heat, refrigeration for the preservation of food; natural gas to heat water for cooking food or heating our homes, washing clothes, or bathing; regular access to a variety of fresh produce and meat, access to enough food for that matter; water to drink, wash clothes, personal hygiene, etc.; access to family and friends through the telephone, internet, mail, public roads, etc.; access to information and the media, access to education for children, security; sunlight; gasoline for transportation; and personal privacy simply vanished. From this standpoint, the author did an exceptional job in reminding us how a natural disaster of global magnitude could change our lives in more ways than one can imagine. The total breakdown of the social structure in the community and of Government services at every level, as the climate changed, was very disturbing. I must add however that I found the conclusion to this book, the last 11 pages, disappointing, unsubstantiated, and poorly conceived such that it lowered my overall approval of this book somewhat. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very realistic book about a world falling apart and a girl being forced to grow up as a result. Deceptively simple, clear writing--there is a lot going on under the surface. Highly recommend.

Report This Dec 25, 2013
  • Sabreenasdfjkl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm starting to despise reviews that hype up books. It's a huge overstatement. Some books are amazing but the reviews really stretch the truth. Sets the standard high right when readers flip to the first page I added this book to my want list for the sole purpose of obtaining the same emotions others have portrayed after reading this book. "IT MADE ME PARANOID! I WANTED TO RUN TO THE GROCERY STORE TO STOCK UP ON FOOD." That was the overall aspect to the 5-star reviews this book received. Now I can't rate this book because I did not complete it. I did not even read any further than the first chapter. The book must have been clearly plot driven (the unfortunate cost to most dystopian/apocalyptic novels* *Side note Why are we so fascinated by books or anything that makes us fear for our lives? Why is watching others suffer amusing? I do not understand why we empathize other people's pain (loss of a loved one or cancer) when we find other forms of pain amusing. I did not like the way the author chose to express the protagonist's feelings. It was a simple summary format, a diary entry. The writings of a teenager's perspective lacks imagery, sensory detail and other literary devices. I want a book with a riveting plot and dynamic characters that are carefully crafted. I want invigorating writing that makes me want to flip the pages not just because of the anticipation of what is to come. I want to read books that improve my writing because I have always been told that the more books i read, the better i will become at writing. I will learn to write complex essays and clearly pour my thoughts into my writing. This book is solely driven by plot.

I hate reading!! But this book was amazing!!!!

Report This Sep 20, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Life As We Knew It is very much a YA book, in that it's both narrated by a teen and absolutely for teens. It wasn't an unenjoyable read, but I found myself getting annoyed at how juvenile the....well, juvenile was. The high points: The apocalypse isn't outlandish, it's a relatively plausible concept. The narrative voice is spot-on for the age category- Miranda is more worried about getting a date for prom than how the moon incident will affect crops. A realistic spread of human response to worldwide tragedy, good and bad. The author clearly thought out what things would be affected by the apocalyptic incident, and how that would ripple through a year of contemporary US life. The low points: Redundant, in the way that teen voices can be. No one thought of hunting, fishing, or foraging for fresh food when the disaster occurred, or for months afterward, despite the fact that they live in the woods. That drove me nuts. There wasn't really a mounting tension, or climax in the plot- everything stayed the same level after the incident until the end. The end was lackluster, and a little bit saccharine. Nobody died. Well, OK, people died, but not in a way that affected Miranda for more than a day or a passing journal note. This seems a bit unrealistic to me. Overall, the book was a bit of fluff, based on a good concept but lacking the depth or dark tones that usually pull me into survival-themed tales. I'd recommend it for teenagers wondering "what if", anyone interested in how modern suburbia families might live as pioneers did, and people with a lot of time on their hands who don't mind novel-as-diary-entry stories.

Report This Aug 23, 2013
  • TarannumSens rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not bad; pace is a bit too slow

Report This Jul 23, 2013
  • destiny1218 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

AMAZING!!!!!!

Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • red_bird_1018 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! It shows the struggle of a 16 year old girl who saw an asteroid hit the moon and the tides changed and people all over the world have been devastated.

Report This Jul 05, 2013
  • minnie24680 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First off this book is AMAZING. When I first heard of this book, I thought it was super boring, mostly because of the cover and because of the global disasters but I still gave this book a shot because just like people say"Never judge a book by it's cover". When I read the first page it was so-so, not good and not bad but when I read a whole chapter, I was blown away. The author wrote this book so beautifully that there were parts in the book where I was crying.You could totally reflect your own life to this book, that's what I like. When you could do this, you feel like you are part of this book. This book teaches you teach appreciate what you have because you never know what will happen. This is a must-read and honestly one of the best books I have ever read.

Report This Jul 01, 2013
  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am not really a fan of sad books, and quite frankly I am allergic to hearing about global disasters, but this was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I read the whole book in one sitting. Even though the disasters depicted in the book were catastrophic, it really has a way of unifying people in the most breathtaking way. Everyone should read this book because it really shows how life is precious and each day we are alive is special, and it will make you reflect on your current state of life right now.

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  • green_owl_146 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Report This Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A meteorite hits the moon, moon's orbit shifts closer to earth causing massive tidal surges, volcanic activity, early winter. Miranda & family stock up on food, wood, and try to survive cold, starvation, disease.

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Report This Jul 23, 2013
  • destiny1218 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before"

Report This Jul 03, 2013
  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before. There was always time. There was always a future. Maybe because I don't know anymore if there is a future, I'm grateful for the good things that have happened to me this year."

Report This Jul 03, 2013
  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"God has his own reasons for what we're suffering. Maybe when we're in heaven we'll understand, but until then all we can do is pray for His forgiveness and obey his will."

Report This Jul 12, 2012
  • Heart97 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"When it comes to an end, we need to take care of others like our family before ourselves and we need to appreciate foods, shelter and water that we had. If the ends come to an end, we need to pray for our souls and our needs."

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  • SarahBealing rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It really was funny that the world was coming to an end and I still couldn't get any action.

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  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s would still be open.

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